The Namaste Counsel


International Day of Yoga Book Launch

Deborah Charnes, author of From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram"June 21 is the longest day of the year. Since 2015, International Day of Yoga is on this date. Both of those are important to me. But, June 21, 2023, will be unforgettable for me. My book launch coincides with this date, and I will offer FREE e-books.

Although I contributed to two published books many years ago, this time around my book comes from my heart. The book combines many of my passions: health and wellness, yoga, travel, lifelong learning, and writing.

I’ve been on a journey of seeking optimal well-being for more than 50 years. As an adolescent, I was diagnosed with an oftentimes painful digestive disorder and a musculoskeletal spinal deviation that caused chronic pain. Plus, I was raised in a diabetic household, so have always been trying to avoid the inevitable prognosis that took the life of my mother. (Although I am insulin resistant, I maintain a healthy blood sugar level through my yoga and Aryuvedic lifestyle.)

Given my backpacker modus operandi, I wandered the world since I was 16. My explorations led me to holistic tips from diverse gurus in the boxing ring, teepee, temples, and labs. Among the dozen gurus on four continents are real-life swamis dressed in orange robes, along with others who don lab coats, army fatigues, or boxing gloves.  

About my Book

From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram self-help book

“From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram: Wisdom for the Mind, Body and Spirit” reveals their—and my—secret weapons to ease the most prevalent conditions plaguing our modern society. Each chapter focuses on one topic, presented through the life stories, teachings, and anecdotes of one of my diverse gurus, plus my experiences, third-party testimonials, and findings from clinical studies.

My teachers are like the sun’s boundless rays of light illuminating many pathways. These wise men and women live in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Each has glimmers of light, and shares an abundance of spirituality, regardless of who or what they call their higher source.

I felt compelled to share what took me a lot of time and money to learn. I loved my journey and enjoyed that approach. But, I compiled this holistic toolkit to save people time and money. 

cultural and heritage from India“From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram” showcases cultural and spiritual practices, from lands like India, Israel, and Mesoamerica, as established antidotes to our stressed-out, unhealthy, and unhappy society.

These practices form the fabric of my life lessons—and my teachings. Each tip is practical, affordable, and takes no more than ten minutes a day. There’s no need for fancy gear or branded attire.

You have the power to be your happiest and healthiest. Optimal well-being doesn’t require boot camp calisthenics or a model’s body.  “From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram” reveals effective, accessible, and enjoyable tips to ease PTSD, anxiety, stress, depression, chronic pain, digestive disorders, and more. Even better, these simple lifestyle suggestions can be practiced in as little as ten minutes a day.

I’m thrilled to share that during the pre-sales period, my book ranked #1 New Release Spiritual Healing. And, I was honored to receive many influencer endorsements prior to the book release. 

Buy the paperback edition at BookPeople in Austin, most any of your favorite buying sites, or request your library carry it.  The e-version will be sold exclusively on Amazon through August.

About International Day of Yoga

cultural and heritage from IndiaNarendra Modi was a chai wallah (tea vendor) as a young boy. Today, he’s the first prime minister of India who was born in an independent India. As a child of humble means, he began seva (selfless service) in his early years, possibly due to his interest in Swami Vivekananda, which laid the foundation of his journey toward spiritualism. 

In 2014, Prime Minister Modi made convincing arguments that resulted in 177 United Nations member states assigning June 21 as International Day of Yoga.

From the Austin State Capitol to the Eiffel Tower, it is estimated that millions participate in free activities this day. Celebrated in 170 countries, in India, Prime Minister Modi, senior officials, and yoga gurus typically lead upwards of 50,000 people at community events. As the Prime Minister said earlier this year, “If you haven’t made Yoga a part of your lives already, do so at the earliest.”

Give it a shot. I have many upcoming events. Contact me for workshops, classes, and retreats, in-person or via Zoom.

Somehow, in the I me mine world that we live, emotional and physical well being has escaped the vast majority. The Namaste Counsel encourages simple proven practices to live a healthier and happier life. Any time. Any where. By anyone.
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